Mario Badescu Saved My Summer Skin

Claudia Cardinale cruises toward Malibu Beach.

With summer around the corner my skin care anxiety is on high alert. I not only want to make sure that I am constantly wearing some sort of SPF product on my face and neck (and anywhere my skin is showing), but I also want to make sure that my skin is hydrated and that it is healthy. For me, summer time means upping the skin care, upping my water intake and really using products that properly moisturize my skin. Normally, I would go down a long list of products and companies that have the best of the best, and it is very seldom for me to be able to rely on one brand, but when it comes to summer sun moisturizing skin care, Mario Badescu has become my best friend.

Mario Badescu Lip Eye Sunscreen

Mario Badescu Lip & Eye Sunscreen

`Here are my top summer Mario Badescu products:

Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30: I swear I think this product was made specifically for me. This lightweight moisturizer has both UVA and UVB sun protection as well as antioxidants. It is formulated with green tea to help repair environmental damage and St. John’s Wort and aloe vera to calm and smooth skin. It isn’t too light weight and it really works beautifully under my makeup application.

Price Tag: 2oz, $26

Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion

Mario Badescu, Summer Shine Body Lotion

Eye and Lip Sunscreen-SPF15: Ok, whoever made this needs to receive a medal. For anyone who has had their lips sun or wind burned, you know that it is beyond the beyonds of misery. I will be off to the Galapagos Islands this summer and I have already put this on my must pack list. Anytime I can condense two products into one, it is a good day. This product will protect your eyes and lips from damaging UVA/UVB rays.  TIP: on eyes, use like eye cream- under and in the outer corners of your eyes.

Price Tag: 1/2oz $20

Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater: Talk about the perfect hydrating fix. I use this both before and after I apply my makeup.  This spray moisturizes and tones my skin and it is like a drink of cold water on a hot day. So refreshing. I carry this with me wherever I go and I use it on my clients before a makeup application.

Price Tag:8oz, $12

Summer Shine Body Lotion: Get your sexy on! This product not only gives you a soft, sexy glow, it also nourishes and moisturizes your skin.  With the perfect amount of shimmer-think Victoria Secret Glow, not Snooki glitter- you can lather yourself in this and know you look good.  Plus, it smells like magic.

Price Tag: 16oz, $22